INVESTMENT INVESTIGATION US Regulators Accuse Former Marshall Coach Of Ponzi Scheme
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Aug. 16, 2012 12:20 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 16, 2012 1:55 PM EDT
A former Marshall University coach is under fire after allegations that he was involved in an attempted Ponzi scheme is brought to light.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is accusing former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan of orchestrating a Ponzi scheme. The SEC said Thursday that college coaches and former players lost millions of dollars in the $80 million scheme.
The regulators say Donnan orchestrated the fraud with his business partner through West Virginia-based GLC Limited.
The SEC's complaint charges Donnan and his business partner, Gregory L. Crabtree of Ohio, with violating federal securities laws.
Donnan led teams at Marshall University and the University of Georgia and later became a television commentator for ESPN.
Donnan's attorney has previously acknowledged the former coach was paid lucrative commissions, but he said Donnan believed he was being paid from legitimate profits earned by the company.